Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 67
GF Linamar LLC is a joint venture
of two leading automotive
Manufacturing operates a car and SUV assembly plant. Greenville
next year also will be home to a new Volvo Car USA LLC plant.
Several other foreign automakers have assembly plants across the
Southeastern United States that serve the North American market.
In addition to GF Linamar's investment in the operation, the
plant also will be supported financially through a Job Development
Investment Grant approved by the state of North Carolina's economic investment committee. The project is eligible to receive up to $4.2
million in total reimbursements in 12 annual installments, pending
verification by state agencies that the plant has met incremental
goals for job creation and investment, GF Linamar says.
"We appreciate very much the warm welcome and the support
from the state of North Carolina and the Henderson County authorities," GF Automotive CEO Yves Serra said during a groundbreaking
ceremony last year. "The location is ideal for us and we look forward
to a prosperous future for our joint venture in the U.S."
The region is quickly becoming a hub for Linamar Corp., which
also operates three other plants there. "This is an area where we have
thrived thanks to a fantastic workforce and a great business environment," Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz stated. "It is rapidly becoming
an important hub for us to serve our customers in the southern
United States and North America overall."
metal-stamping facilities; wood-processing plants; chemical process
facilities and engine-test cells.
"We provide comprehensive design/build and general contracting services to a wide variety of public and private corporations,
institutions and commercial developers," the company says. "We are
committed to meeting our clients' needs and exceeding their expectations by delivering quality facilities on schedule and at the most
competitive prices. Our people, systems and procedures have been
carefully selected and developed to meet the technical requirements
and financial parameters of our clients' projects."
Evans' recent automotive sector projects include building a
logistics center at BMW's assembly facility in Spartanburg, S.C. "The
expansion project, which consisted of two phases, was necessary in
order to keep pace with increased production within that particular
manufacturing plant," the company says. "BMW also needed a solution to enable easy transport of materials between the site's logistics
center and the assembly plant."
Phase one of the project included a 144,000-square-foot logistic
center expansion, which required logistical support offices and 12
new dock positions. The second phase involved a 12,800-sqaure-foot
expansion of the existing logistics center; four new dock positions;
an elevated building connector between the assembly plant and
the logistics facility; and four large freight elevators for transferring
materials between the logistics center and assembly facility, Evans
General Contractors adds.
Evans General Contractors operates three offices in the Southeastern
United States, as well as an office in Germany. The company works in
several sectors including healthcare; manufacturing; corporate and
office; warehousing and distribution; institutional; and pharmacy
Evans General Contractors' manufacturing-specific expertise
includes building automobile and aircraft plants; forging and
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